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Ahead Of March For Science, Udall Urges President To Fill Key Science Posts Throughout Administration

on April 21, 2017 - 5:47pm

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, in advance of the March for Science, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, joined a group of senators in urging President Trump to appoint well-qualified experts for critical science posts at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and throughout the federal government.

Nearly 100 days into his presidency, President Trump still has not appointed a science advisor, director for the White House OSTP, or a chief technology officer.

SFNF: Spring Runoff Creates Crossing Hazards

on April 21, 2017 - 5:41pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Add warmer than usual temperatures to a good snowpack, and the result is an early start to the spring runoff in rivers and streams that run through the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF). 

Recreation specialists on the SFNF report that streams in the Pecos Wilderness and popular destinations like the Rio Nambe, Rio en Medio and Rio Frijoles are flowing high and fast. Conditions are similar across the forest.

Visitors are advised to use extreme caution around fast-flowing mountain waters, which can be dangerously deceptive.

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White Rock Softball Classic April 29-30

on April 21, 2017 - 5:24pm

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Los Alamos County Finance Office Wins 26th Award

on April 21, 2017 - 5:23pm

COUNTY News:

The Finance Office for Los Alamos County was recently notified by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) that it has been awarded the “Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting” for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for FY16.

This is the 26th year in a row that the County has received this prestigious national award.

“We are honored to once again receive this award of excellence,” said Joe D’Anna, Chief Financial Officer, adding that the award is only possible because of the exceptional skills, hard work and dedicated staff

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SFNF: Cuba Ranger District Plans To Conduct Moya Prescribed Burn

on April 21, 2017 - 5:11pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest hope to conduct the previously announced Moya prescribed burn over two days next week if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, remain favorable.

The treatment area for the Moya prescribed burn is 3,371 acres west of the community of LLaves and north of Lindrith. The plan is to begin ignitions Tuesday, April 25, and complete the burn Wednesday. 

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems.

U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency Commends Los Alamos Police For Success Of Operation Spring Cleaning

on April 21, 2017 - 11:34am
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) officials commended Los Alamos Police Department personnel Friday for the success of Operation Spring Cleaning, the March 20 drug sweep that resulted in the arrest of seven people on trafficking charges.

“An impressive amount of investigation and preparation was dedicated to this operation,” said DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge Sean Waite. “The results of this operation are a testament to the efforts of the Los Alamos Police Department.

Report: National Park Tourism In New Mexico Creates $132.4 Million In Economic Benefit

on April 21, 2017 - 9:58am
NPS News:
 
DENVER  A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that the 1,872,045 visitors to national parks in New Mexico in 2016 spent $108.4 million in the state.
 
That spending supported 1,685 jobs and had a cumulative benefit to the state economy of $132.4 million. It also represents an 11.1 percent increase in spending and a 9.1 percent rise in visitation over 2015.
 
“From Aztec Ruins to White Sands, the 14 national park units of New Mexico attract visitors from within the state, across the country and around the world,” NPS
Intermountain Region Director Sue Masica said.

Pulled-Pork Sandwiches At VFW Tonight!

on April 21, 2017 - 9:38am

COMMUNITY News:

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary invites the public to a pulled-pork sandwich fundraising dinner at 6 p.m. today at the VFW Post,1793 Deacon.

Dinner will be prepared by Smokin' Bear BBQ and will consist of pulled-pork sandwiches, chips, salad, beans and dessert.

Proceeds from the dinner will help support Veterans and other non-profit organizations so come by the VFW and enjoy a great meal and help support the VFW Auxiliary in this great fundraising event.

Tour This Weekend's Top Open Houses!

on April 21, 2017 - 9:29am
REAL ESTATE News:
 
Tour the top open houses scheduled for this weekend throughout the area!
 
The Los Alamos Daily Post features a weekly section highlighting the open houses throughout Los Alamos, White Rock, Jemez Springs and Santa Fe.
 
Photographs, details and a map depicting the location of each open house are included in this weekly section.
 
Click on the map to read details about the featured homes. Print out a copy of the map before heading out to tour the open houses or pull up the map on a smart phone or ipad from the road!
 
Click on the Real Estate Section "red button" near the top of

Meet Finalists For Los Alamos High School Principal

on April 21, 2017 - 9:28am

LAPS News:

The community is invited to meet the three candidates being considered for principal of Los Alamos High School.

Meet the candidates Tuesday, April 25in the High School Speech Theater:

  • 5 p.m. - Laura Jeffery is the principal of Capshaw Middle School in Santa Fe Public Schools. She has 10 years of administrative experience, which includes assistant principal of Rio Rancho High School. 
  • 6 p.m. - Carter Payne is the principal of the Topper Freshman Academy in Los Alamos Public Schools.

Letter To The Editor: No Science Rally In Los Alamos

on April 21, 2017 - 9:13am
By CATHERINE HENSLEY
Los Alamos

I have to respond to a letter in the Los Alamos Daily Post (link) suggesting that we are sleeping through the current challenges to science in our country. I think rather that it is a matter of preaching to the choir.  

In a town that exists for the pursuit of science, it seems silly to shout that we believe it. Therefore, three generations of my family will be going to Santa Fe Saturday to remind our state government that we believe in science, and that they should, too. My friends and neighbors already know that.

Seized Assets Auction At Golf Course Sunday

on April 21, 2017 - 9:02am

 

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AG: Record $54.251 Million Tobacco Settlement

on April 21, 2017 - 7:47am

Attorney General Hector Balderas

STATE News:

  • Payment in excess of $54 million is the largest ever for New Mexico

SANTA FEAttorney General Hector Balderas announced that Thursday New Mexico received the largest tobacco settlement payment to date, a total payment of $54,251,491.01.

In late March, the Balderas Administration announced there would be a record payment, in excess of $50 million, because the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) secured an additional $14.5 million after a judge agreed with the OAG that New Mexico was being shortchanged by Big Tobacco.

Quorum Notice Of Art In Public Places Board At Demonstration Garden Ribbon Cutting Wednesday

on April 21, 2017 - 7:35am

COUNTY News:

A notice of a possible quorum of the Art in Public Places Board at the Green Team Demonstration Garden Ribbon Cutting April 26 has been published and is available online at: http://losalamos.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx.

Los Alamos Middle School Offers New Electives

on April 21, 2017 - 7:02am
LAMS Principal Mike Johnson and LAMS Receptionist Debbie Castro greet students in the middle school office. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com
 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

More elective classes are being offered at Los Alamos Middle for the 2017-2018 school year than ever before, Principal Mike Johnson said Monday. He said incoming seventh and eighth graders are excited about classes in Astronomy, Introduction to Computer Science, Introduction to French and German, Jazz Band, and particularly Introduction to Forensics.

Two Introduction to Forensics classes will be led by

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Update On Shoplifting Incident At Bealls

on April 21, 2017 - 6:37am

Stephanie Garcia

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A second suspect involved in a March 9 shoplifting incident, which ended with a local man being struck by a vehicle outside Bealls Department Store in the Mari-Mac Shopping Center is now in custody at the Los Alamos Detention Center.

LAPD Cdr. Preston Ballew confirmed Thursday, April 13, that Stephanie Garcia, 31, of Espanola, was picked up Tuesday night in Santa Fe.

The man injured in the incident sustained a broken nose.

Study Examines Mortality Burden Of Modifiable Behavioral Risk Factors

on April 21, 2017 - 6:29am
SGIM News:
 
A team of researchers from Cleveland Clinic and New York University School of Medicine have found that based on 2014 data, obesity resulted in as much as 47 percent more life-years lost than tobacco, and tobacco caused similar life-years lost as high blood pressure.
 
Preliminary work presented by Cleveland Clinic today at the 2017 Society of General Internal Medicine Annual Meeting analyzed the contribution of modifiable behavioral risk factors to causes-of-death in the US population.
 
Based on this preliminary work, the team found the greatest number of preventable

Letter To The Editor: Two Important Letters

on April 21, 2017 - 6:27am
J. TAUB
Los Alamos
 
Kudos to two important letters in the Los Alamos Daily Post regarding Rally For Science and This Could Happen To You.
 
Origins of a particular quote seem vague but the words are crystal clear: "All it takes for the triumph of evil is that good ‘men’ do nothing.”
 
I’m not surprised about the lack of a science rally or march in Los Alamos, just very disappointed in lab personnel, again.
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Adrian Taylor Pleads Not Guilty To Violation Of Conditions Of Pretrial Probation

on April 21, 2017 - 6:23am

Adrian Taylor leaving the First Judicial District Court Friday in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com​

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Adrian Taylor pleaded not guilty Friday, April 14, to violation of conditions of pretrial probation before First Judicial District Judge Mary Marlowe Sommers in Santa Fe and was returned to the Los Alamos Detention Center.

Taylor’s alleged violation stems from a March 25 arrest in which he was charged with a fourth offense driving under the influence in Los Alamos.

Andy Bond Discusses Avalanches With Mountaineers

on April 21, 2017 - 6:15am
Andy Bond investigates an early season snow pack with lots of facets. Courtesy photo
 
Andy Bond at work. Courtesy photo

MOUNTAINEERS News:

Join the Los Alamos Mountaineers Tuesday, April 25 at the Los Alamos Nature Center for a presentation by Andy Bond of the Taos Avalanche Center.

Social time is at 6:45 p.m. and reports of recent and upcoming trips at 7 p.m. The program begins at 7:30 p.m.

Bond and Graham Turnage founded the Taos Avalanche Center in 2016 as an independent nonprofit.

Deputy DA Files Response In Scott Mallory Case

on April 21, 2017 - 6:09am

Scott Mallory of Los Alamos, right, leaves the courtroom April 3 with Assistant District Attorney Kent Wahlquist following his pre-trial status hearing in District Court in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost​

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Deputy District Attorney Kent Wahlquist has filed a response in First Judicial District Court to an attempt to suppress a charge of sexual exploitation of children – possession charge against Scott Mallory.

Mallory’s attorney Christopher C.

Los Alamos Physician Provides Aid In Mosul

on April 21, 2017 - 5:53am
From left, Paramedic Derrik Ross from Melbourne, Australia; LAMC Physician Dr. Christopher Hammond, Los Alamos Paramedic Tylerr Jones and a first responder. Courtesy photo
 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Medical Center Physician Christopher Hammond works with bullets slicing through the air and bombs exploding all around him. As a member of Global Outreach Doctors, Hammond is serving a three-week deployment in Iraq that includes two weeks in Mosul, a city engulfed in the war between ISIS and Iraqi forces.

He is joined by Tylerr Jones, a RN/EMT from White Rock.

SFNF Fire Crews Meet Objectives On Watershed Prescribed Burn

on April 21, 2017 - 5:42am
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SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) said that the prescribed burn implemented one week ago in the Santa Fe Municipal Watershed successfully met objectives, removing heavy fuels to reduce the risk of high-intensity wildfire and restore the landscape to historic conditions.
 
Although aerial and hand ignitions were completed April 11, the 340-acre treatment area still has a few interior pockets of fuel that are smoldering, which may create visible smoke in the Santa Fe metro area.

AFTNM On Student Well-Being PISA Results

on April 21, 2017 - 5:40am
AFT News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement on the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s 2015 PISA (Program for International Student Assessment) student well-being results released today:
 
“Today’s PISA report highlights another troubling statistic for the United States: our students are stressed out, with nearly 68 percent reporting anxiety related to testing, a full 13 percent higher than other international peers.

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Build Sandcastles

on April 21, 2017 - 5:37am

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

Lately I feel like I am running out of time. I have always felt there just wasn’t enough time on a day-to-day basis, but now I feel like I am running out of time in the BIG picture. As I look at the list of things I want to accomplish in my life and I compare it to the number of years I may (or may not) have left, I realize that I kinda gotta get it together pretty quickly. This has been weighing on me quite heavily. I don’t have that sense of impending doom that I usually experience before my birthday, but it is close.

When one comes to a crossroad such as

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